What is the Yamato Yagyu-Kai?
Yamato Yagyu-Kai is a group devoted to the practice and propagation of the martial art of Edo Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Heiho.
What is Edo Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu Heiho?
How does this compare to kendo?
Kendo is a modern sport derived from traditional Japanese sword arts. The emphasis is on cultivating an aggressive martial spirit within the context of tournament competition, with well-defined rules, clearly designated target areas, and protective body armor to prevent injuries. Traditional Kenjutsu focuses on imparting specific defensive and offensive sword techniques in the context of real life and death combat situations. The techniques consist of the accumulated body of knowledge of one or several veteran swordsman, solidified into a sword tradition, over a period of many years. The spiritual emphasis in Kenjutsu is the resolute focus on the immediate situation before ones eyes and calm acceptance of the potential gravity of a conflict which will likely result in the death or dismemberment of one or more of the participants. Both Kendo and Kenjutsu cultivate a martial spirit; however, the focus and emphasis are different.
How does Edo Yagyu Shinkage-ryu compare with other Japanese sword arts?
Yamato Yagyu-kai does not belong to any swordsmanship governing body such as the Kendo Renmei or the Iai Renmei. Consequently, the kata and curriculum of Edo Yagyu Shinkage-ryu remain consistent to the ancient forms as laid down by the founders, with a minimum of modification. The Seitei Iai kata of the Iai Renme are not practiced. The focus of Edo Yagyu is on the spiritual growth of the swordsman and of neutralizing conflict with a minimum amount of effort and bloodshed.
Are there any schools (dojos) in my area and, if so, how can I contact them?
See the Dojos page for more information on the location of Yamato Yagyu-Kai dojos and how to contact them.